Police: Burglary at Flint office where water records stored ‘was definitely an inside job’

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police investigating a burglary at a Flint City Hall office where water records were stored “was definitely an inside job,” police said.

After the December break-in at the vacant executive office, police found water documents scattered around the room. An old TV was stolen, but the power cord was not.

“It was definitely an inside job. The power cord (to the TV) wasn’t even taken,” Police Chief Tim Johnson told MLive. “The average drug user knows that you’d need the power cord to be able to pawn it.”

Police confirmed to Motor City Muckraker today that an investigation is ongoing and that authorities are worried water records were removed because the room was littered with out-of-place documents related to the water crisis. It was the only office targeted in the break-in.

The burglary occurred soon after it became clear that the state had ignored serious warnings about the dangers of using the Flint River for drinking water.

State police also are investigating.

At this point, police aren’t sure what else was taken other than the TV.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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  • drbpor

    I always thought power chords were simple melodies & riffs

  • javierjuanmanuel

    It very may well have been an inside job. Power cords come with every tv, computer, dvd etc. I have a crate full of rca cables, hdmi, coax, cat5, power cables.

    You need more than that.

    • JuliaWardHowe

      There is more than that. The office that contained the records was the only one targeted. Records relating to the water crisis were strewn about. The burglary occurred precisely as it became clear there would be intense scrutiny of “who knew what when.”

      • javierjuanmanuel

        There was also suggestion from the start, that it was opposition attack, the people who hate synder from the start, as an effort to smear or spread doubt.

        If in the end he skates, then many can say, ya, only because all the evidence was stolen. Whether it existed or not.

        This is not proof of an inside job. You need more for proof.

      • javierjuanmanuel

        There was also suggestion from the start, that it was opposition attack, the people who hate synder from the start, as an effort to smear or spread doubt.

        If in the end he skates, then many can say, ya, only because all the evidence was stolen. Whether it existed or not.

        This is not proof of an inside job. You need more for proof.

  • Dongald Trumpenis

    Steve, if you want a real scoop, dig into ties between Snyder and his administration and the deal for the KWA project. The fact that SO many of Snyders’s top people didn’t do the common sense thing of telling Snyder about the water problems (officially) suggests they were protecting SOMETHING at the expense of peoples’ health.